On this Day in History, November 4

What comes to mind when you think about the month of November? Is it that brave Scorpio friend you envy, or the numerous thanksgiving niceties e.t.c? Well, there could be countless occasions happening around us but nothing beats those events that make it to the books of history.

Read the following to find out what historic events happened on November 4.

  • 1842 – American socialite Mary Todd wed Illinois Congressman and lawyer Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
  • 1847 – Scottish obstetrician James Young Simpson discovered the anesthetic qualities of chloroform.
  • 1879 – African American inventor Thomas Elkins patented refrigerating apparatus.
  • 1922 –  Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt.
  • 1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman governor of Wyoming, a state in the US.
  • 1939 – At the 40th National Automobile Show, the first air-conditioned car was put on display.
  • 1952 – The formation of the US National Security Agency, responsible for monitoring and collecting signal intelligence around the world.
  • 1963John Lennon uttered his infamous line: “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And for the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry…” at a Royal Variety Performance, in London.
  • 1970 – King Peter II of Yugoslavia died in Denver, CO.
  • 1979 – The Iran crisis began when a group of students took over the American Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostages.
  • 1981 –  The second scheduled flight of the space shuttle was canceled with only 31 seconds left in the countdown.
  • 1984 – Nicaragua held its first free elections in 56 years.
  • 1989 – About a million East Germans filled the streets of East Berlin in a pro-democracy rally.
  • 1995 – Assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin.
  • 1999 – Cristina Saralegui received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1999 – The United Nations imposed economic sanctions against the Taliban that controlled most of Afghanistan.
  • 2001 – The movie “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” had its world premiere in London.
  • 2001 – The United States made a gesture of sending humanitarian aid to Cuba following Hurricane Michelle that destroyed crops and thousands of homes.
  • 2008 – Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
  • 2010 – The worldwide launching of Microsoft’s Kinect.

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